Front Office

Chuck Norris / CEO

Charles “Chuck” Norris purchased the team in April of 2017. The former US Army Paratrooper spent over 20 years in Fayetteville and is a Veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Since 1998, Chuck has owned and operated Norris Construction, specializing in residential building and development, as well as insurance reconstruction. Prior to construction, Norris owned and operated several retail stores.

Chuck lives in Charlotte with his wife, Lanai and their three children, Chucky, Lilly, and Khloe.


Travis Gortman / President

Travis Gortman joins the Fayetteville Marksmen in the 2018-19 season as the Team President.

Gortman is a native of North Carolina, born-and-raised in Winston-Salem. His love for hockey is attributed to his alma mater, Liberty University.

Since graduating, Gortman has held various roles for many different professional baseball and hockey teams, most recently serving as the New Business Developments and Ticket Operations Manager for the Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL).

Gortman’s wealth of knowledge and long-list of professional sports experience make him the perfect choice for the Marksmen.


Lanai Norris / Controller & Director of Finance

The 2018-19 season is Lanai’s second with the Marksmen. As the Controller/ Director of Finance, Lanai oversees the financial aspects of the team-including budget items, revenue, and payments.

Lanai lives in Charlotte with Chuck and their three kids, Chucky, Lilly, and Khloe.


Marissa Reighard / Manager of Game Operations & Corporate Partnerships Manager

The 2018-2019 season will be Marissa Reighard’s second year with the Fayetteville Marksmen as Manager of Operations/Corporate Partnership Coordinator.
Prior to joining the Marksmen, Marissa worked with the world famous Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye (ECHL). While she was there she gained experience in promotions, ticket sales, and merchandise.
Marissa was born in Toledo, Ohio, but has traveled and worked in various places such as, Australia, Las Vegas (Wranglers, ECHL), Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Columbus. She earned her bachelors degree in Sport Administration with a minor in business at the University of Cincinnati.
Reighard likes to play catch with her dog Dobby, participates in Crossfit, enjoys camping, and loves to spend time with family and friends.
Phone: 910-438-4169

Shawn Bednard / Director of Media Relations & Broadcaster

Shawn Bednard joins the Marksmen in the 2018-19 season as the franchise’s first ever Director of Media Relations, and second Play-by-Play broadcaster.

A 2018 graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelors in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, the 22 year old brings over seven years of on-air experience with him to the team, including calling nearly 200 hockey games as the Director of Broadcasting of the Chippewa Hockey Network at CMU.

Bednard will oversee all broadcasting and media for the Fayetteville Marksmen, as well as assist in corporate partnerships and sales.

He can be reached at or by phone at (810) 516-6349

John Lowes / Intern

John Lowes, a 2018 graduate of Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte, recently walked with a BS in Sports Management. John was taught by former Marksmen president Jeff Longo, and former Corporate Sales Director Patrick Stack.  John is looking to break into the Sports Industry through Sales. John was a three year captain for JWU- Charlotte’s Men’s Soccer program, as well as, a Resident Assistant for two years at JWU. John is looking to bring that drive and leadership into the Marksmen Organization.